The government forms a 5-member committee to review the practices of pharmaceutical companies

The central government has formed a five-member committee to consider a ‘legally enforceable’ mechanism to enforce the marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies.

The government forms a 5-member committee to review the practices of pharmaceutical companies

The government forms a 5-member committee to review the practices of pharmaceutical companies

The central government has formed a five-member committee to consider a ‘legally enforceable’ mechanism to enforce the marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies.

VK Paul, member of NITI Aagoy, would lead the committee. The committee is supposed to present its report in 90 days. The government has created a high-level committee to work out a legal mechanism to deal with the problem of pharmaceutical companies inciting the promotion of their drugs and products.

Who are the members of the committee?

S Aparna, Secretary of the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Nitin Gupta, Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT), Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), and a Joint Secretary (Political) from the Department of Personnel (DoP) are the four members of the “high level” committee. VK Paul will be its president.

Five Member Committee: Importance

  1. It will examine the provisions of government departments to regulate pharmaceutical marketing practices and align interventions for implementation by the healthcare industry.
  2. It will also “examine issues related to the requirement for legally enforceable mechanisms to regulate marketing practices, including the study of practices around the world.”
  3. You can study any other matter you deem appropriate on the subject.

What is UCPMP?

  1. The Universal Code of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP) for pharmaceutical companies became effective in January 2015. The UCPMP is elective and there is no legal penalty for violating the code. The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal seeking direction from the government to give the UCPMP a legal basis.
  2. The code establishes relations with health professionals, in which the provisions related to travel facilities, hospitality and cash or monetary subsidies for doctors or their families have been detailed.

Background

The code has been accepted by all major pharmaceutical company associations and the Department has in several cases reviewed the implementation of the code by pharmaceutical associations.

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